June 2, 2008–The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) selected J. Kenneth “Ken” Richardson to receive the prestigious 2008 Paul C. Lamb Award. The award is the highest honor given by the association for volunteer service and will be presented at NFPA’s World Safety Conference & Exposition® in Las Vegas this week.
Named in honor of a man recognized for a long career in fire protection and his many years of dedication to NFPA, the award is a tribute to Lamb’s legacy of service that is a benchmark for all NFPA volunteers to strive for in the future. The Paul C. Lamb Award has only been given to 18 individuals since its inception in 1980. It recognizes personal characteristics such as leadership skills, tact and diplomacy, straightforwardness, professional integrity and active dedication to the goals of NFPA.
Richardson has a private fire protection consulting firm which he established in recent years after leaving his position as head of the National Fire Laboratory at the National Research Council of Canada where he worked for more than 25 years. He has a long history of service and dedication to NFPA, holding numerous volunteer positions through the years including as a member of NFPA’s Committee on Automatic Sprinkler Systems from 1975 to 1997, NFPA’s Standards Council from 1985 to 1992, and Board of Directors from 1992-1998. In 1999, he was awarded the Standards Medal, NFPA’s highest technical honor. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the National Fire Protection Research Foundation.
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